Sacramental Preparation

A Sacrament is an efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is given to us. Full and active participation in the sacramental life of the Church requires a period of preparation of both mind and heart to be receptive to the grace of new life in Christ.




Currently baptisms can only take place in exceptional and urgent circumstances.

When restrictions are lifted and you wish your child to be baptised, please contact the Parish Priest to arrange a baptism date and attend a course.

Forms are available in the lobby and in the FORMS section beneath ‘Sacramental Preparation‘ on the left of this web page.



Applications are now closed.  Parents and guardians have been contacted regarding how the programme will proceed this year in view of the current pandemic situation.

Children must live within the boundaries of Osterley parish (details of boundaries are on the website), and to those who have used a registration pack from the lobby of the church to register as parishioners, and who practice regularly in this parish.

Applicants must have entered YEAR 3 OR ABOVE of Junior school education in September 2020.



Applications are now closed.  Applicants will be contacted in due course as to how the programme will proceed this year in view of the current pandemic situation.

The course to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation in the parish of St Vincent de Paul Osterley is for young people who are in Year 9 or above of secondary education, and who are registered members of the parish.



Marriages normally  require a 6 months notice period.  Please contact the Parish Priest for an appointment when restrictions are lifted.

Currently wedding ceremonies can only take place with up to 6 people in exceptional circumstances (anyone working is not included as one of the 6).  This may be for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.


Funerals must have no more than 30 people.  Anyone working is not included as part of the 30 person limit. Please refer to COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic.


THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA):  This is a process whereby those who are interested can find out what the Catholic Church teaches with a view to becoming a Catholic.  If you know of anyone who would like to come to the introductory sessions, please encourage them to call Joan on 079 80125685.